News You Can Use: Announcing Local InnovateHER Winners, New Tools for Small Business, Procurement Scorecard and More

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SBA Santa Ana District Office


SBA Announces Local Winners of 2017 InnovateHER Challenge

The SBA Santa Ana District Office would like to congratulate the local winners of the 2017 InnovateHER Challenge.  These local winners will advance to the semi-final round where 10 finalists will be chosen to pitch to a panel of judges in Washington, D.C. and compete for $70,000 in total prize money.

The Challenge criteria consists of whether the product or service has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families (30%), has a potential for commercialization (40%), and fills a need in the marketplace (30%).

  • City Girl Prepper (Jennifer Stewert-Tai) - City Girl Prepper is helping women to be prepared for everyday disruptions and disasters with ready-made emergency kits and gear designed for women and their families. City Girl Prepper provides women with the resources they need, want, and deserve to have in case of an emergency. Host: National Association of Women in Real Estate Business (NAWRB)                                                                                             
  • PosiPocket (Donna Hisey) - Women's professional attire often lacks a place for business cards or a cell phone when not carrying a purse or laptop bag. Being able to customize a PosiPocket to either use a beautiful brooch, customized business magnet/log, or nametag is the solution.  PosiPocket is a convenient and concealed pocket that attaches anywhere under clothing to hold up to 3lbs for carrying credit cards, glasses, lipstick, money, pens, business cards, cell phone, and more.  Host: Microsoft Store, The Shops at Mission Viejo                  
  • Laughing Lizard Adventure Park (Kirsten Gallagher) The Laughing Lizard Adventure Park will be the 1st Aerial Adventure Park in Southern California with the vision to inspire adventure and spark deeper relationships in the community through adventure, exhilaration, and fun. This park will create opportunities for women and children to engage in and fully enjoy an outdoor recreation experience in an industry that has been traditionally dominated by males. Host: The City of Murrieta                                                                                                           
  • Nokï Baby Bottle Adapter (NaChe' Thompson)  Nokï Baby Bottle Adapter takes the mess and stress out of on-the-go and late night formula feedings. It can also help the millions of women who suffer from postpartum depression so that they can allow their families or friends, who may not be familiar with the formula to water ratios, to help with feeding times. Host: Inland Empire Women's Business Center                                                                       
  • Saving Face developed by Green Harmonies (Alice Bellanich)  Saving Face is a product developed by Green Harmonies that prevents hair dye from staining the scalp and hairline. This assists the more than 2 million hairstylists in the U.S. to save effort, time, and money in the coloring process; additionally it will assist women who color their hair at home to avoid the stain and retain the color in the DIY process. Host: Coachella Valley Women's BusinessCenter                                                                                                                                           
  • Snow Angel Cushioned Baby Bath Towel (Amy Leinbach ) The Big Bee, Little Bee Snow Angel Towel is a completely unique bath time accessory designed with baby’s comfort and safety in mind. It has a thickly cushioned back panel to protect baby from hard surfaces allowing to safely place baby directly on a counter-top or floor after bath, four large “wings" (to quickly and easily dry arms and legs, and an adjustable hood so the product may be used from Newborn to 12+ months. Host: NAWBO Orange County

For more information about the InnovateHER Challenge go to  

New Data Tool from the U.S. Census Tailored to Business Owners & Regional Planners

Are you looking for data to help you start or grow a business? The Census Business Builder is an easy to use, mobile-optimized tool that provides access to selected demographic and economic data from the U.S. Census Bureau tailored to business owners and regional planners. 

Optimized for smartphone and tablet use. 

Launch the Census Business Builder

The Federal Government Achieves Small Business Procurement Contracting Goal for the 4th Consecutive Year

Seven Federal Agencies Receive A+ Rating on Procurement Scorecard

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced  that the federal government reached its small business federal contracting goal for the fourth consecutive year, awarding 24.34 percent in federal contract dollars to small businesses totaling $99.96 billion, an increase of over $9 billion from the previous year.

“I am pleased to report that for the fourth year in a row, the federal government has exceeded its small business
contracting goal,” Administrator Linda McMahon said. “It is a win-win for federal agencies to get small business
contracts into the hands of the innovative small business owners that create jobs in their communities and help to
fuel the nation’s economy.”



Inland Empire SCORE Client Goes from Backyard Business to Personal Training and Fitness Studio

Ashley Morgan had worked for years at a conventional gym, but grew frustrated when she realized there were no weight-loss personal training studios focused on women in her area.  With an educational background in nutrition and plenty of experience as a personal trainer, she decided to start training women in her backyard. She quickly realized that running a business was confusing and overwhelming with too much to learn and not knowing where to start.  Watch how she utilized the services of SCORE to help her achieve success in this video and read her story here.   Find your local SCORE Chapter at

Advocacy Report Explains High Entrepreneurship among Immigrants

Explaining the Emergence of the Immigrant Entrepreneur, by Research Economist Daniel Wilmoth, Ph.D., is the fourth in a series of reports on trends in entrepreneurship by the Office of Advocacy.

This report found an explanation for the growth in the number of immigrant entrepreneurs. Put simply, age is related to self-employment, and immigrants are getting older. In addition, as the native-born Baby Boomers age and retire, the number of self-employed will decline. 

To see more on the role of immigrant entrepreneurs, view this report on the Office of Advocacy website. Read previous reports in the “Trends in Entrepreneurship” series.

SBA’s participation or support is not an endorsement of any products, service or entity.